Actor Gabriel Jarret has been implicated in a pedophile sting operation conducted by an online anti-predator group known as Creep Catcher Unit (CC Unit).
Jarret, 53, known for his roles in “Real Genius” and “Karate Kid III,” reportedly messaged a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl hoping to arrange for a sexual liaison.
The “girl,” however, was a decoy created by the CC Unit to ensnare potential predators.
KTTV reported that Jarret engaged a CC Unit staffer in sexually focused text conversations for approximately one year.
Jarret reportedly asked the girl to message him on Kik, an app favored by online pedophiles due to its anonymity features.
The Daily Mail reported Jarret’s disturbing messages including a request to meet the girl, be “her advisor” and requests to engage in sexual activity.
On Sept. 10, Jarret attempted to meet the young teen at the Santa Monica Pier. According to the Western Journal, the actor was met and confronted by “Ghost,” the leader of the CC Unit.
The confrontation was recorded on video; Jarret claimed he believed the girl was eighteen and exclaimed, “Stop harassing me! Leave me alone.”
When contacted by KTTV, Jarret said he was a victim of entrapment and claimed it was the CC Unit that sent the explicit messages.
“I wasn’t texting sexual things to her. She was texting sexual things to me, saying ‘Do you want to date me?’” Jarret said. “Unfortunately, I was trying to let her down easy. I wanted to have that conversation in person.”
TMZ reported that in 2018, Jarret’s former girlfriend, Jennifer Marie Alfano, accused Jarret of pedophilia and rape. No charges were filed.
CC Unit has turned over evidence to the Santa Monica Police. An investigation is underway.
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